Where the Windows are Unbroken: Mapping the Risk and Marketing the Fear of Crime

Richard W. Perry, University of California, Irvine

Under the contemporary emerging order of globalism, there has been a proliferation of new, overlapping topologies of enclosure and exclusion; there has been a remapping of carceral spaces onto spatial regimes of risk management (e.g., the red-lining by banks, zip-codified insurance actuarial tables, and the marketing of "security"). These include homeowners associations, fortified lifestyle enclaves, "business improvement districts" and other "broken windows" regimes of "quality of life" nuisance ordinances and "community policing" practices into zoning and other legal practices of urban governance (including prostitution-free zones and gang abatement injunctions). These strategies for managing and marketing the risk and fear of crime are among the most explicit manifestations of the spatial turn in which quite specific "arts of government" have been busily passing back and forth across the membranes between state and civil society, between public and private law.

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